Greer Farm Pick Your Own - Fruit & Berry Orchard

In 2005, we planted 400 blueberry and 800 blackberry plants. We also planted 15 fig trees and 20 plums in addition to those in the orchard near our house.

In 2006, we planted 2400 more blueberry plants. They are doing well and will ensure plenty of blueberries for everyone in the future.

We completed our blueberry planting in 2007 with approximately 500 Austin blueberry plants. This variety ripens early with the Climax and Premier.

In 2014, we planted an additional 1,300 blackberry plants. An additional 1,500 were planted in 2015.

The blackberries ripen first in late May and the blueberries begin ripening in early June. Give us a call and we'll let you know what is available. 903-645-3232
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Greer Farm Blueberries

Greer Farm Blueberries

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We currently have five varieties of blueberries at Greer Farm Pick Your Own: Austin, Climax, Premier, Britewell, and Tifblue. Austin and Climax ripen first in early June, followed by Premier, then Britewell and Tifblue.

It is important for us to have different varieties that bloom together because rabbiteye blueberries require crosspollination between varieties to produce a full crop. This is why we alternate varieties in our rows.

Blueberries are our personal favorite. We just love the taste of fresh blueberries! We also like that they have very small seeds (so they don't get stuck in your teeth).

Give us a call and see what we have available.
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Blueberries and Your Health

Researchers at the USDA Human Nutrition Center (HNRCA) have found that blueberries rank #1 in antioxidant activity when compared to 40 other fresh fruits and vegetables. Antioxidants help neutralize harmful by-products of metabolism called "free radicals" that can lead to cancer and other age related diseases.

Anthocyanin -- the pigment that makes the blueberries blue -- is thought to be responsible for this major health benefit.

In another USDA Human Nutrition Center (HNRCA) lab, neuroscientists discovered that feeding blueberries to laboratory rats slowed age-related loss in their mental capacity, a finding that has important implications for humans. Again, the high antioxidant activity of blueberries probably played a role.

Blueberries may reduce the build up of so called "bad" cholesterol that contributes to cardiovascular disease and stroke, according to scientists at the University of California at Davis. Antioxidants are believed to be the active component.

Greer Farm Blackberries

Greer Farm Blackberries

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We have six varieties of blackberries, Apache, Triple Crown, Natchez, Ouachita and Osage (thornless) and Chickasaw (thorned). The Chickasaw are the first to ripen, around June 1, sometimes earlier. The Apaches ripen a few weeks later. To make up for its thorns the Chickasaw produces a massive berry. Both are delicious either fresh or in cobblers or other cooked dishes. I personally like them fresh, chilled, with a little cream.

Blackberries and Your Health

Plump, sweet blackberries grow wild across most of North America and are a good source of manganese and tannins. The blackberry is actually an ancient fruit, prescribed by the Ancient Greeks for gout, mentioned in the Bible, and commonly written about in British folklore.

Wild blackberries are relatives of the rose and the soft, juicy fruit grows on thorny bushes or trailing vines. Just like a raspberry, the blackberry is called an "aggregate fruit" because each berry is really a cluster of tiny fruits, or druplets. Each druplet has a seed, and, unlike raspberries, blackberry druplets remain centered around the core even after the berry is picked.

Blackberries are considered to be an astringent because of their high tannin content. Studies show that tannins tighten tissue, lesson minor bleeding, and may help to alleviate diarrhea and intestinal Inflammation. German health authorities recommend blackberries for mild infections including sore throats and mouth irritations. Traditionally, blackberries have been used to alleviate hemorrhoids because of their rich tannin content. Scientists have also reported anti-tumor properties associated with tannins found in some varieties of blackberries. Future research will explore the implications for treating human cancer. Overindulgence of tannin-rich blackberries may lead to constipation.

Blackberries abound in antioxidants, such as anthocyanin pigments, responsible for the purplish-black color of blackberries and may impart health benefits because of their Antioxidant properties. Additional antioxidants in blackberries are vitamins C and E, and ellagic acid; all may provide protection against cancer and chronic disease. Cooking does not seem to destroy ellagic acid, so even blackberry jams and desserts retain ellagic acid health benefits. Interestingly, blackberries are a natural source of salicylate, an active substance found in aspirin. Potential benefits have yet to be explored and some experts advise caution to particularly aspirin-sensitive individuals. Because of their many tiny seeds, blackberries are a source of soluble fiber, such as pectin.

From wholehealthmd.com
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Greer Farm Figs

Greer Farm Figs

Figs are available mid to late July into August. Join the mailing list for updates on availability or call 903-645-3232. Most, if not all, of our figs end up inout jams.

We grow Celeste figs. They are large, delicious figs that ripen starting in mid-June. If you have not eaten fresh figs you should give them a try. Fresh from the tree they are much tastier than those fig "newtons" you can find at the store and far, far more healthy.

Figs and Your Health

Figs are high in natural simple sugars, minerals, and fiber. Figs are fairly rich in potassium, calcium, magnesium, iron, copper, and manganese.

Figs are often recommended to nourish and tone the intestines because they are a very good source of fiber. They are also a good source of potassium, an important consideration in helping to control blood pressure. Figs are among the most highly alkaline foods, making them useful in supporting the proper pH of the body.

Information taken from The Encyclopedia of Healing Foods by Michael Murray
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Greer Farm Plums

Greer Farm Plums

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We have Ozark Premier and Methley plums. They ripen starting in June. There is really nothing more delicious than a tree-ripe plum. Place in fridge until cold and then let the cool juice dribble down your chin as you eat.

A favorite plum poem by William Carlos Williams.

This Is Just To Say

I have eaten
the plums
that were in
the icebox

and which
you were probably
saving
for breakfast

Forgive me
they were delicious
so sweet
and so cold


Plums and Your Health

Plums are a very good source of vitamin C. They are also a good source of vitamins B1, B2, and B6, and dietary fiber. Plums contain neochlorogenic and cholorogenic acid, two related compounds classified as phenols that have well-documented antioxidant and anticancer effects.

Plums are sometimes used for their laxative effects, although not nearly as powerful as their dried cousin the prune.

Information taken from The Encyclopedia of Healing Foods by Michael Murray
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The berry patch is now open. Blackberry season last until early July and blueberries into forth week of July depending on weather. Open seven days a week 7:30 am to 5:30 pm.
For the 2016 season, $3.25 per pound you pick and $3.50 per pint we pick. We furnish buckets for picking and bags to take berries home in.
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